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Mendalla
Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021 4:27:41 PM
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Summer cookies for an almost winter-y day. Chilly, windy, cloudy, showers (apparently some wet snow further up the 401). Brrrr. A nice hot green tea and summer cookies would go nicely.





My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Survivor
Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021 7:02:54 PM
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It was brought to my attention just now. This is the birthday of Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964). He was a British writer, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series...

Let's raise a cuppa whatever you have to to Sir Ian.

Cheers.
Verity
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 5:43:27 AM
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Survivor wrote:


It was brought to my attention just now. This is the birthday of Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964). He was a British writer, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series...

Let's raise a cuppa whatever you have to to Sir Ian.

Cheers.
I will join you in raising a glass. Let’s not forget the he also wrote a children’s version of James Bond as well. It also featured a car that could do anything. It was of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later adapted into a very successful film by none other than Roland Dahl.

Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:18:29 AM
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Verity wrote:
I will join you in raising a glass. Let’s not forget the he also wrote a children’s version of James Bond as well. It also featured a car that could do anything. It was of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later adapted into a very successful film by none other than Roland Dahl.


Who, interestingly, also did the script for You Only Live Twice (and it's Roald, not Roland). The other writers, Ken Hughes (writer on the 1967 spoof version of Casino Royale) and Richard Maibaum (worked on most of the 007 films from the beginning until the mid-70s) also had Bond connections as did some of the cast (e.g. Gert Frobe, aka Auric Goldfinger).

One thing that has kind of gone dark are the Bond novels. The Fleming estate (currently operating as Ian Fleming Publications, but formerly known as Glidrose) were commissioning new novels up until 2018 but there haven't been any since Anthony Horowitz's Forever and a Day (which I didn't even know about, thought his Trigger Mortis was the last). Fleming's Bond is now public domain here in Canada and there's been at least one anthology of Bond short stories published collecting stories by Canadian writers taking advantage of that. Our copyright is life + 50 and Fleming died in 1964.

Good morning! Coffee is on and kettle is cheerfully bubbling away. It is sunny here but still windy and cool. Late May is feeling more like late April these days.


My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Survivor
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:24:01 AM
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Verity wrote:
Survivor wrote:


It was brought to my attention just now. This is the birthday of Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964). He was a British writer, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series...

Let's raise a cuppa whatever you have to Sir Ian.

Cheers.
I will join you in raising a glass. Let’s not forget he also wrote a children’s version of James Bond as well. It also featured a car that could do anything. It was of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later adapted into a very successful film by none other than Roland Dahl.


Good day to you, Verity. It's so lovely that you bring up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, By coincidence, I just happened to be in a production of that work as a play on stage here at our local arts theatre. I played the nefarious Child Catcher.

I will get a fresh pot of coffee brewed now and the tea kettle is already steaming and ready to brew some tea if any cares for that.

flower

OOps. We did overlap our postings, Scott. Good job with the coffee.

Whistle
itsxanderkaidyn
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:21:45 AM
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Jane was in my dreams last night. love10

She and I met at some sort of convention in a huge, fancy hotel, and there was a very tangible instant attraction between us, but people tried so hard to keep us apart that we finally had to escape on a plane by being stowaways.

...and I woke up right when she was going to kiss me, too. crybaby

Somebody: You attract what you fear.
Me: I'm terrified of Jane Lynch.
DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:40:49 AM
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flower hi everyone
A large iced coffee would be yummy
It's hot outside even though it is beautiful.
Beautiful weather for the Memorial Day weekend
Looking forward to the cemetery program Monday morning.

*Peeking in the cookie jars* good deal still in shape
*Giving the adorable animals fresh water and treats*

I'm in awe of our fallen military members!
Have a great day everyone 🤗


Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:27:54 PM
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Survivor wrote:

Good day to you, Verity. It's so lovely that you bring up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, By coincidence, I just happened to be in a production of that work as a play on stage here at our local arts theatre. I played the nefarious Child Catcher.


You and "nefarious" are not two words that go together in my mind, but that's acting. I sometimes contemplate seeking out an amateur theater company to try out with but other than a strong voice (mostly used for preaching and other public speaking), not sure if I have any qualities suited to the stage. I live in a city with a fairly strong theatrical tradition so there's plenty happening stage-wise normally.

Moved a small tree/bush today. It was growing in an awkward spot. Not sure how it got there, but it's a Rose of Sharon (a type of hibiscus) and we have a couple others not far away so I guess it depends on how their seeds get spread. Still have some pruning to do but weather is supposed to be nice again tomorrow.

Afternoon tea and cookies time. Kettle is on and Sara says we are well stocked.


My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

itsxanderkaidyn
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:46:40 PM
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I forgot to mention that the entire reason Jane was at the convention in my dream was to promote WL.

Somebody: You attract what you fear.
Me: I'm terrified of Jane Lynch.
verbal
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:53:31 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Survivor wrote:

Good day to you, Verity. It's so lovely that you bring up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, By coincidence, I just happened to be in a production of that work as a play on stage here at our local arts theatre. I played the nefarious Child Catcher.


You and "nefarious" are not two words that go together in my mind, but that's acting. I sometimes contemplate seeking out an amateur theater company to try out with but other than a strong voice (mostly used for preaching and other public speaking), not sure if I have any qualities suited to the stage. I live in a city with a fairly strong theatrical tradition so there's plenty happening stage-wise normally.



Quite a theatrical bent to the Inspirators here! We were talking about doing some theater work here, pre-pandemic, and now that things are opening up again we may. Not in front of the audience, but backstage stuff. I love doing lights and sound.

We are buying a grill for the house this weekend! Chicken and corn on the cob and hot dogs and portobello (sp?) mushrooms!

I'll probably watch a little Braves-Mets action this weekend too.

Coffee and a cookie please!
itsxanderkaidyn
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:19:56 PM
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...and I can't even think about Jane without getting really emotional today. crybaby

God, I just...love her so much; like, you'd have to possess my body in order to truly understand.

Somebody: You attract what you fear.
Me: I'm terrified of Jane Lynch.
Verity
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:28:35 PM
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Survivor wrote:
Verity wrote:
Survivor wrote:


It was brought to my attention just now. This is the birthday of Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964). He was a British writer, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series...

Let's raise a cuppa whatever you have to Sir Ian.

Cheers.
I will join you in raising a glass. Let’s not forget he also wrote a children’s version of James Bond as well. It also featured a car that could do anything. It was of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later adapted into a very successful film by none other than Roland Dahl.


Good day to you, Verity. It's so lovely that you bring up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, By coincidence, I just happened to be in a production of that work as a play on stage here at our local arts theatre. I played the nefarious Child Catcher.

I will get a fresh pot of coffee brewed now and the tea kettle is already steaming and ready to brew some tea if any cares for that.

flower

OOps. We did overlap our postings, Scott. Good job with the coffee.

Whistle
Oh my god, the Child Catcher. Just about the scariest person in the world. Just the way he said “children” scared the life out of me, and I was almost a grown-up. Great film though, and well done you for having a major part in the play. I need a coffee now.

Verity
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:37:43 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Verity wrote:
I will join you in raising a glass. Let’s not forget the he also wrote a children’s version of James Bond as well. It also featured a car that could do anything. It was of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Later adapted into a very successful film by none other than Roland Dahl.


Who, interestingly, also did the script for You Only Live Twice (and it's Roald, not Roland). The other writers, Ken Hughes (writer on the 1967 spoof version of Casino Royale) and Richard Maibaum (worked on most of the 007 films from the beginning until the mid-70s) also had Bond connections as did some of the cast (e.g. Gert Frobe, aka Auric Goldfinger).

One thing that has kind of gone dark are the Bond novels. The Fleming estate (currently operating as Ian Fleming Publications, but formerly known as Glidrose) were commissioning new novels up until 2018 but there haven't been any since Anthony Horowitz's Forever and a Day (which I didn't even know about, thought his Trigger Mortis was the last). Fleming's Bond is now public domain here in Canada and there's been at least one anthology of Bond short stories published collecting stories by Canadian writers taking advantage of that. Our copyright is life + 50 and Fleming died in 1964.

Good morning! Coffee is on and kettle is cheerfully bubbling away. It is sunny here but still windy and cool. Late May is feeling more like late April these days.
Yes of course, Roald. I’m going to try and hide my stupidity and blame it on my auto-correct. Speaking of Bond, I have to say that I much prefer the earlier Bond Films. I loved the humour and the various romantic interests. They were just jolly good fun to watch. I still watch the new ones but they are getting more like the Jason Bourne franchise. Too serious.

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 3:18:06 PM
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Good evening all.

Sorry, I couldn't help but overhear 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'!

Baron Bomburst lived in the most beautiful place in the world (in my humble opinion). Schloß Neuschwanstein.



I don't like musicals generally, but Chitty is so beautifully photographed that it is impossible not to love it.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. I would stay longer but, well, it's bedtime here. ;)


The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:49:22 PM
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Verity wrote:

es of course, Roald. I’m going to try and hide my stupidity and blame it on my auto-correct. Speaking of Bond, I have to say that I much prefer the earlier Bond Films. I loved the humour and the various romantic interests. They were just jolly good fun to watch. I still watch the new ones but they are getting more like the Jason Bourne franchise. Too serious.


I have not watched the Daniel Craig movies as of yet. Parenting and career have really cut into my leisure time and what's left I tend to use for things other than movies. Reading, exercising, watching shorter stuff, writing.

I prefer my Bond a bit more serious. Not grimdark or anything, but my favorites are the early Connery films (Dr. No through to Thunderball), Dalton's two, and some of Brosnan's (he was actually my choice for Bond long before he got the part and I was happy with him, but the movies he was given are a mixed bag). Poor Lazenby's one shot was actually a good film, but he did not impress me. Moore's films just got too cartoonish for me and there is some of that in the later Connery films, too. Fun to watch (in fact, the first Bond I saw in a theater was The Spy Who Loved Me), but not faves.

I'll have a green tea, shaken not...no, that doesn't work, does it? Hey Sara, can we have cookies in the shape of Aston-Martin DB5s and Lotus Esprits? clown



My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:51:35 PM
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AnnaMayZing wrote:
Good evening all.

Sorry, I couldn't help but overhear 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'!

Baron Bomburst lived in the most beautiful place in the world (in my humble opinion). Schloß Neuschwanstein.



I love Neuschwanstein. Mad King Ludwig may have been, well, mad but his architectural and musical sense (he patronized Wagner and helped get the Bayreuth Festspielhaus built) made up for it.

My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 5:36:51 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Verity wrote:

es of course, Roald. I’m going to try and hide my stupidity and blame it on my auto-correct. Speaking of Bond, I have to say that I much prefer the earlier Bond Films. I loved the humour and the various romantic interests. They were just jolly good fun to watch. I still watch the new ones but they are getting more like the Jason Bourne franchise. Too serious.


I have not watched the Daniel Craig movies as of yet. Parenting and career have really cut into my leisure time and what's left I tend to use for things other than movies. Reading, exercising, watching shorter stuff, writing.

I prefer my Bond a bit more serious. Not grimdark or anything, but my favorites are the early Connery films (Dr. No through to Thunderball), Dalton's two, and some of Brosnan's (he was actually my choice for Bond long before he got the part and I was happy with him, but the movies he was given are a mixed bag). Poor Lazenby's one shot was actually a good film, but he did not impress me. Moore's films just got too cartoonish for me and there is some of that in the later Connery films, too. Fun to watch (in fact, the first Bond I saw in a theater was The Spy Who Loved Me), but not faves.

I'll have a green tea, shaken not...no, that doesn't work, does it? Hey Sara, can we have cookies in the shape of Aston-Martin DB5s and Lotus Esprits? clown


Sure they will be in tomorrow's cookie offerings.


elizabethblack
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:26:42 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
Survivor wrote:

Good day to you, Verity. It's so lovely that you bring up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, By coincidence, I just happened to be in a production of that work as a play on stage here at our local arts theatre. I played the nefarious Child Catcher.


You and "nefarious" are not two words that go together in my mind, but that's acting. I sometimes contemplate seeking out an amateur theater company to try out with but other than a strong voice (mostly used for preaching and other public speaking), not sure if I have any qualities suited to the stage. I live in a city with a fairly strong theatrical tradition so there's plenty happening stage-wise normally.

Moved a small tree/bush today. It was growing in an awkward spot. Not sure how it got there, but it's a Rose of Sharon (a type of hibiscus) and we have a couple others not far away so I guess it depends on how their seeds get spread. Still have some pruning to do but weather is supposed to be nice again tomorrow.

Afternoon tea and cookies time. Kettle is on and Sara says we are well stocked.


Sara is too kind to us all. I often just creep in and steal a few of the world class cookies she provides.

And Scott, you made me laugh at not thinking of Larry with "nefarious", there is so much to know about him.

Also the Rose of Sharon bush - lovely and hardy as they come. I am surprised you got the long straight root dug up.
I had one that I planted many years ago. Terribly neglected, but finally got enough care to send seedlings everywhere. I dug up the little sprouts and planted a hedge across the front on my house next to the street. They grew so fast and are so tall that I had to have someone come in and cut 5' off the top this past fall. If they continue to grow tall they shade the lower part of the plant and it gets thin of leaves and my privacy disappears. Unless you are a giraffe.

Cold today, light rain all day and high of about 55F. You are right about it being more like April or even March.

How fortunate you have the theaters in your city to attend.


rolandlytle
Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:33:02 PM
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hello2 hello2 hello2

Cheers mates.

Oh, Bond. The spy that drank watered-down gin. I did like Connery. I was sad when he passed last year.

I hope deGrom faces the Braves. It is baseball at its best when great pitching meets great hitting. BTW, I found an interesting quirk to the reliever three-batter rule. If the game is stopped for weather or any other reason during an inning, that reliever must still pitch to meet the three batter limit even if the delay is hours or days. The only way out of the rule is injury or ejection.

Sara, those watermelon cookies looked so good! I will eat one with my herbal tea today.

I am a wee bit worried about tomorrow. We are having guests for a cook-out, and I have not been around new visitors since my condition worsened. With my occasional mental zone-outs and my paranoia, I am not good around new people. We have several neighbors coming over. I have met them before, that is what Liz told me, but with so many people in the house, I am worried it will affect me worse. That is what happens when I go out to crowded places quite often. Liz says she will stay with me; she is excellent at keeping me grounded. With her help, I hope things will go well. I will take some meds before they get here.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

BTW, I am really behind on my reading. Be patient, and I will get to all the stories and poems. They are all so good and entertaining. Some days they are what gets me out of bed.

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:07:48 AM
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Hello, Inspirators. Best of luck today, Roland. With the help of your dear lady, you will be fine. I trust that is true.

Before you go out this morning you will need some coffee. I have finished cleaning up and now have a fresh brew getting ready in the percolator. Oh, the water is hot as well.

This is a long weekend here in the States because tomorrow is Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. One of the very visible remembrances is the placing of American flags on graves.

Every year before Memorial Day, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," places American flags at the headstones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Take care out there if you are traveling on the highways or in the air.

flower
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 6:28:59 AM
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elizabethblack wrote:

Also the Rose of Sharon bush - lovely and hardy as they come. I am surprised you got the long straight root dug up.


It is a fairly small bush, only a couple years old, but yeah, I had to "go deep". We'll see how it fares. It was right under a window and we wanted it (a) further from the house and (b) somewhere where we could see it better. Only had a few blooms last year but they were lovely.




My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

rolandlytle
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 8:41:29 AM
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hello1 hello1

Good day to everyone.

I read seven stories yesterday, and now, this morning, I have three new ones before 10:00 am. I am so glad that we are getting so many pieces of prose and poetry.

There is so much baseball data that you must dig into the 'deep weeds' to glean it all, but today I saw a stat from Statcast that shows the difference in modern baseball. As of yesterday, the major leagues have 81 pitchers that have an average fastball velocity of 96 MPH or higher. When I graduated high school, it was a hand full at most.

I am getting a cuppa Darjeeling tea to relax me for the stressful day to come.

Now I will be watching yesterday's Cubs game against the Reds.

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
itsxanderkaidyn
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 11:23:23 AM
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Not me starting to fall for somebody else in addition to Jane and Anne, I swear.

Somebody: You attract what you fear.
Me: I'm terrified of Jane Lynch.
Ping
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 11:42:29 AM
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Had an awesome ride last night. Not me in the picture. I look much better.



Then watched Toronto choke again, allowing Montreal to force game seven. If Toronto wasn’t so f’n arrogant, I’d cheer for them. But no way will any Canadian teams make it to the Stanley Cup finals. A few US-based teams are so much better. Vegas might win their first. They’ve been knocking on the door every single year they’ve been in the league. Time to answer.

Slept with the kids in the tent last night. Perfect weather. Great fresh air sleep. House is soon to be empty for the afternoon. I sense a solo afternoon snooze in the making. Tent or couch. Decisions. Decisions.

Hope y’all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.

Left some frosty limoncello and orangecello in the freezer for sharing. Enjoy!



Iconoclastically incorrigible or just a silly dumb ass...
verbal
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:04:36 PM
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rolandlytle wrote:
hello2 hello2 hello2

Cheers mates.

Oh, Bond. The spy that drank watered-down gin. I did like Connery. I was sad when he passed last year.

I hope deGrom faces the Braves. It is baseball at its best when great pitching meets great hitting. BTW, I found an interesting quirk to the reliever three-batter rule. If the game is stopped for weather or any other reason during an inning, that reliever must still pitch to meet the three batter limit even if the delay is hours or days. The only way out of the rule is injury or ejection.

Sara, those watermelon cookies looked so good! I will eat one with my herbal tea today.

I am a wee bit worried about tomorrow. We are having guests for a cook-out, and I have not been around new visitors since my condition worsened. With my occasional mental zone-outs and my paranoia, I am not good around new people. We have several neighbors coming over. I have met them before, that is what Liz told me, but with so many people in the house, I am worried it will affect me worse. That is what happens when I go out to crowded places quite often. Liz says she will stay with me; she is excellent at keeping me grounded. With her help, I hope things will go well. I will take some meds before they get here.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

BTW, I am really behind on my reading. Be patient, and I will get to all the stories and poems. They are all so good and entertaining. Some days they are what gets me out of bed.


I hope the cookout is going well. I have garden variety social anxiety, so while I know little of what you are going through, my sympathies are with you.

DeGrom is indeed pitching tonight - but it's on ESPN, so I can't watch it on MLB.TV. Wah! Still, the boys are playing well, despite two thirds of the team being injured, so I won't complain.

Nice bike, Ping! And those lemoncello bottle look deLISH!

We are, I think, going out to see A Quiet Place 2 this afternoon. If laziness doesn't interfere. We went to Costco yesterday and while I wore a mask to enter, I took it off while inside the store. It felt so weird, but so freeing. I got a little thrill of community and patriotism (yes, patriotism!) that we weathered the Covid together, our cities and out state and our country. Well, okay, obviously not everybody. But most people did the right thing.

A bottle of lemoncello please. We'll sneak it into the movies.
DenimAngel
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:20:26 PM
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hello1 hi peeps
A beautiful day here
A large iced ginger ale would be great not feeling so good today
*Moving the old cookies to the emergency cookie tins behind the counter and filling the cookie jars to the tippy top with fresh cookies that are diabetic friendly too .

I do have the cookies that were requested yesterday : cookies in the shape of Aston-Martin DB5s and Lotus Esprits ,martini glasses and martini shakers
Decided to go full James Bond theme on the cookies

*Giving the adorable animals fresh water and treats*

Have a safe day everyone !







Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:47:54 PM
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Will Ping ever tire of limoncello? And orangecello? Sound like you're branching out.

And who woulda thunk that Vegas would become a hotbed of hockey (or anything other than losing your shirt)?

Grass is cut and trimmed and a tree pruned. Limoncello might just hit the spot. And a couple cookies. * grabs one of each car *


My "A Survivor's Story" comp entry:

Us Survivors

Micro of the Day Stories:

The Target - an assassin gets more than he bargained for
Voldar -she mourns her city and rages at its failed defender

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 2:37:53 PM
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Mendalla wrote:
AnnaMayZing wrote:
Good evening all.

Sorry, I couldn't help but overhear 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'!

Baron Bomburst lived in the most beautiful place in the world (in my humble opinion). Schloß Neuschwanstein.



I love Neuschwanstein. Mad King Ludwig may have been, well, mad but his architectural and musical sense (he patronized Wagner and helped get the Bayreuth Festspielhaus built) made up for it.


Unfortunately, the 'Architect' that Ludwig II commissioned to design it, was actually not an architect but a set designer for Richard Wagner. Hence the immense cost of the building. It was never completed and was the final straw for the state of Bavaria.

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
rolandlytle
Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:06:21 PM
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The Mets put a beat-down on the Braves yesterday and got rained out again today. Sara can be happy with the continued good play of their young catcher William Contreras. He is the 23-year-old younger brother of the Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras. Larry, I am looking forward to the Padres at Cubs three-game series starting tomorrow. The Cubs have broken their franchise record by using 41 different players by the end of May, but five other teams have used more this year than the Cubs. Injuries are running rampant throughout baseball. By the end of the season, injuries may impact division standing more than any other factor.

With the help of a double dose of anti-anxiety meds and Liz by my side, I made it through our cookout. It went much better than I thought it would.

I will have a Miss Moneypenny cookie. They are said to be extremely sweet, especially when they are warm.

Cheers!

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
Ping
Posted: Monday, May 31, 2021 4:24:32 AM
Ping
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rolandlytle wrote:
“... said to be extremely sweet, especially when they are warm.”


This feels like the beginning of a potential mother-in-law/cannibal punchline.

I was given a homework assignment. This picture is real. I’d bet this rivals the lean angle of Rump’s adjustable snore-prevention bed.



So, one drawback of sleeping in the backyard are the emergency vehicles. Damn. 3:30 am some fire trucks came roaring past our home. Second drawback: birds. The sun rises early here and it began getting light shortly after them rip-roaring vehicles. The freaking birds have been incessantly chirping since about four. Ugh. Crows. Magpies. Geese. Mallard ducks. Sparrows. Blue Jays. Some damn grey birds that eat rotted/fermented crab apples. Right now, there is one f’n bird right outside my tent. I swear it is right next to my ear, a foot away in the shrub. I can’t yell at it because I’ll wake my son. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap.

He hasn’t stopped. I can’t type the word cheap as fast as he is cheaping. WTF is his problem?!?

Arrrrgh!!!

I wonder. If I cough, would it scare the shit out of him? Maybe I should set up a GoPro tonight. Timer. Remote control. When he starts cheaping tomorrow, I start the GoPro and then blast him with a can of airhorn.

This is worse than a water torture test. Drip. Drip. Drip.

I do have a full bladder. Maybe I cut a small hole in the... wait... I mean big hole... Big hole in the tent and unload on that little cheaping bastard. Seriously. The whole time I’m typing this, he hasn’t stopped making f’n noise.

Anyone use an air press for coffee? I do. Best coffee brew ever. Clean, not chewy like a French press. Less mess than a percolator or drip. Easier to throw at f’n birds that wake me at 4:00 am.

Oooh. I just involuntarily sniffed. He stopped.

Ugh. He’s going double time now. WTF?!? Something just hit the tent! A dull thud. A splat. Damn it. That’s not a pizza on the ceiling. Only a small child or a goose can poop that much. I bet the goose was trying to bomb that little bastard.

Sigh. My son is now up. He just commented on the bird in the bush. He thinks he can get back to sleep. He doesn’t have to get up until 6:30 to shower before school.

Good luck with that.

And now a helicopter. An f’n helicopter. Seriously? Who needs a traffic report at 5:23 am on a non-holiday Monday in Canada?

It’s gunna be THAT kind of Monday, isn’t it Fate?



Iconoclastically incorrigible or just a silly dumb ass...
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